|Publication number||US7266052 B2|
|Application number||US 10/638,342|
|Publication date||Sep 4, 2007|
|Filing date||Aug 12, 2003|
|Priority date||Feb 24, 2003|
|Also published as||US20040167643|
|Publication number||10638342, 638342, US 7266052 B2, US 7266052B2, US-B2-7266052, US7266052 B2, US7266052B2|
|Original Assignee||Quanta Storage Inc.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (8), Referenced by (1), Classifications (18), Legal Events (5)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application claims the benefit of Taiwan application Ser. No. 92103826, filed Mar. 24, 2003.
1. Field of the Invention
The invention relates in general to a data processing method of an optical disk, and more particularly to a data processing method of a virtual optical disk.
2. Description of the Related Art
Along with the continuous advance of technology, users' demand for multimedia is much higher than before. In addition to pursuing an excellent sound quality, having the same good video and audio quality in any environment is also a widely-needed demand.
Taking an automobile as an example, no matter what rank or brand a car is, the automobile audio is always an attractive focus in commercial advertisement. Some automobile types are even equipped with a LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) monitor to play VCD or DVD movies, so as to create and achieve the best performance of the sight and sound sensation atmosphere. Compact disks are still the main storage media for video and audio presently, including music CDs, VCD, or DVD, etc., which are all presented in the form of disks. Therefore, despite the equipment of the radio and the Tape Player in the automobile audio system, the radio and the Tape Player play a subordinate role in the audio system due to less use relatively. Comparatively, an optical disk drive plays an important role in the audio system.
The current optical disk player system can be classified into about two categories: a single-disk type and a multi-disk type. Referring to
Sequentially, referring to
As we all know, due to the inconvenience of changing optical disks in the single-disk system, the optical disk system, which provides the function of automatically changing multiple optical disks, comes with the tide of fashion. However, despite the conventional multi-disk optical disk system features the convenience of changing disks, by virtue of the mechanical structure of the changer mechanism, a shaking of the car when driving decreases reliability of changing disks. If the car shaking happens frequently, it may even cause damage to machine parts of the changer, and also may cause a huge loss of money for the user. Therefore, how to overcome the problems mentioned above and also how to provide a better and stable optical disk system becomes a crucial task to be dealt with.
In view of the above-mentioned shortcomings, an object of the present invention is to provide a data processing method of a virtual optical disk. The object of expanding capacity of the optical disk system can be achieved without using the conventional mechanical structure of the multi-disk type of the optical disk drive system.
According to the object of the present invention, a data processing method of a virtual optical disk is provided. The method includes steps as follows:
Firstly a sound source determining procedure is executed to determine whether the sound source is from a virtual optical disk or not. If not, a pre-processing and a buffer playing process are executed in order, and also a state changing process is executed at the same time when the buffer playing process is executed. According to a result of the state changing process, one of the following three steps is chosen to execute: the sound source determining procedure, the pre-processing procedure, and an idle determining procedure. If the system is not idling when executing the idle determining procedure, the buffer playing process is thus executed. On the contrary, if the system is idling, a state assessment process is then executed. In accordance with the state assessment process, a storage capacity planning procedure, a write process or the state changing process is then executed. The idle state of the system here means that the optical disk drive is not in a busy state; including playing a tape or listening to the radio for example, so as to execute an optical disk backup procedure in a setting. On the other hand, if the sound source is from the virtual optical disk when executing the sound source determining procedure, a virtual pre-processing and a virtual buffer playing process are executed in order, and also a virtual state changing process is executed at the same time when the virtual buffer playing process is executed. According to a result of the virtual state changing process, one of the three steps is chosen to execute: the sound source determining procedure, the virtual pre-processing procedure, and the virtual buffer playing process.
Other objects, features, and advantages of the invention will become apparent from the following detailed description of the preferred but non-limiting embodiments. The following description is made with reference to the accompanying drawings.
The concept of this invention is using a NVRAM (Non-Volatile Random Access Memory) such as a hard disk or a flash memory to store contents of multiple optical disks, and also to connect the memory with an optical disk system, so as to expand capacity of the optical disk system, and provide a function to play multiple virtual optical disks. What particularly noteworthy is that the contents of multiple optical disks are recorded in the memory, which is different from the conventional method to change optical disks by the changer. Therefore the reliability of changing optical disks will not be influenced by environment, nor will the mechanical damage resulted from the conventional method occur in the present invention.
In practical application, a user can partition the memory elastically or have the system to allocate automatically into several virtual optical disk drives, for example six virtual optical disk drives, so as to store contents of six optical disks respectively. When playing, the user can decide whether the sound source is played from the virtual optical disk drives or from the physical optical disk drive (that is physical optical disks in the optical disk drive). In the beginning, a playing state is determined in advance. If the tape or the radio is played, the system directly jumps to a step 460 of a state assessment process to proceed to the optical disk backup procedure in a setting. If the optical disk is played, a sound source determining procedure 405 is executed firstly to determine whether the sound source is from the virtual optical disk drive or not. If the sound source is from a physical optical disk drive, which is not the virtual optical disk drive, the pre-processing 310 and the buffer playing process 403 are executed in order, and also the state change process 350 is executed at the same time when the buffer playing process 403 is executed. The following data processing procedures are determined by a determining result of the state changing process 350. What particularly significant is that when executing the buffer playing process 403, not only the tracks of the optical disk can be direct played, but also a section data of the desired track can be read rapidly in advance and stored in the memory, and then the track is played from the memory. A shockproof property is guaranteed by the buffer effect of the memory when playing the tracks. And also the shockproof time period is different according to different capacity of memory, such as shockproof for 30 seconds or for 45 seconds.
The detailed procedures of the pre-processing 310 and the state changing process 350 are fully illustrated as follows. Referring to
When executing the state changing process 350, if end-of-disk or change-disk is true, the sound source determining procedure 405 is executed again to determine whether the sound source is from the virtual optical disk drive or the physical optical disk drive. If the sound source is from the virtual optical disk drive, the virtual pre-processing 410 and the virtual buffer playing process 430 are executed in order. The virtual pre-processing 410 is for acquiring data of the chosen virtual optical disk drive so as to prepare before tracks are played, so that the virtual buffer playing process 430 can play the chosen tracks. And also a virtual state changing process 450 is executed at the same time when the virtual buffer playing process 430 is executed. According to the result of the virtual state changing process 450, the following data processing procedures are then determined.
A further advantage of the invention is that the contents of the optical disks can be stored in the virtual optical disk drive during idle time without interfering the play of the optical disk. In more detail, when the physical optical disk drive is idling, a state assessment process 460 is then executed. Whether a write process 490 is executed right after the state assessment process 460, or after a further step of partitioning a storage capacity (step 470) depends on the result of the state assessment process 460. Herein, the idle state of the physical optical disk drive means that the physical optical disk drive is not in a busy state. Examples thereof include playing a tape or listening to the radio. Besides, the write process 490 means that the track contents of the physical optical disk drive are read, and then written and stored to a NVRAM (Non-Volatile Random Access Memory) providing for the virtual optical disk drive.
On the other hand, if the contents of the physical optical disks have existed in the virtual optical disk drive, the next step is to determine whether old records are needed to be overwritten or not (step 465). If the old records are required to be overwritten, the step 471 is executed to delete some old records. On the other hand, if overwriting is not required, it is then determined whether backup completes (step 467). If backup completes, the step 351 is executed; otherwise, the write process 490 is executed.
What particularly significant is that the write process 490 may include a track data reading (step 491) and the read track data compressing and writing (step 493). Track data can be compressed into a MP3 format, to reduce data capacity and further written into memory, so as to save the memory space and also increase the number of storing tracks.
Accordingly, with the data processing method provided by the present invention, a virtual multi-optical disk sound can be obtained. Apart from the physical optical disks, it also provides other options of stored virtual optical disk. Moreover, an operation interface of the present invention is very similar to the conventional changer. Therefore the invention has advantages of completely shockproof, rapid changing optical disks, stability and reliability.
To conclude comprehensively, the present invention at least includes features as follows:
First, using a NVRAM (Non-Volatile Random Access Memory) is completely shockproof.
Second, playing a virtual optical disk is much more economic in saving electricity than playing a physical optical disk.
Third, the invention does not use a recording method to backup tracks of optical disks. When the optical disk is loaded, the system can make use of system idle time to automatically store the contents of multimedia in the NVRAM. Therefore the user does not need to press any button to start the backup job.
Fourth, the memory can be partitioned into several virtual optical disk drives beforehand, so as to be of random access without a limitation of storing order. And also changing optical disks is very quick without waiting for loading of optical disks.
Fifth, the operation of the virtual optical disk is similar with the conventional optical disk changer, so that the user does not need to change any personal custom and can use it with ease.
Sixth, if the contents of the played physical optical disk have been stored in the virtual optical disk drive, the system can immediately switch to play the virtual optical disk automatically when the playing is instable, so as to increase the stability of the system.
While the invention has been described by way of example and in terms of a preferred embodiment, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited thereto. On the contrary, it is intended to cover various modifications and similar arrangements and procedures, and the scope of the appended claims therefore should be accorded the broadest interpretation so as to encompass all such modifications and similar arrangements and procedures.
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|U.S. Classification||369/30.23, G9B/27.001, 381/58, 700/94, G9B/20.002, G9B/27.019|
|International Classification||G11B27/10, G11B21/08, G11B27/00, G06F17/00, G11B20/00|
|Cooperative Classification||G11B2220/2545, G11B27/105, G11B20/00086, G11B27/002|
|European Classification||G11B20/00P, G11B27/00A, G11B27/10A1|
|Aug 12, 2003||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: QUANTA STORAGE INC., TAIWAN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:CHU, HSIU-MING;REEL/FRAME:014389/0544
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